From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where we’ll be drinking this month!
We may be out of public holidays until early October, but that’s not going to stop us from enjoying some weekend (and weekday!) drinks this month. From seasonal specials and reinvented classic cocktails, to free-flow deals, buy-one-get-one drinks and plenty of purse-friendly happy hours, we have your covered for where to drink this July.
New Menus & Drinks
Quench your thirst this summer with BEDU’s new range of refreshing drinks! Featuring five new cocktails (priced between $95 and $100), along with three alcohol-free mocktails (all $65), you’ll be set for every occasion. Staying true to its roots, the new drinks are all inspired by the exotic flavours of the Middle East, and range from brand new cocktails, to unique twists on classics. The Oasis blends Beefeater Gin with lemongrass syrup, basil, lime and soda to create a zesty seasonal drink, while the Bloody Martini merges two classics, the Bloody Mary and the Martini, to form an intoxicating blend of gin, vodka, tomato water and homemade dill vermouth, with the classic kick coming from Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Another summer favourite is sure to be the Nomad, made with sweet white rum and a pineapple coffee cordial. Those who aren’t drinking will also be left happy, with options that include the Shay Grapefruit (green tea and grapefruit) and the PG (pineapple and fiery ginger beer). All drinks are available at the bar for pre or post dinner drinks, at the table with your food, or alfresco on the steps of Shin Hing Street.
BEDU, 40 Gough Street Central, Hong Kong, www.bedurestaurant.com
Recently ranked as number 34 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, VEA is also bringing us a host of summer drinks. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant local food scene and seasonal ingredients, Executive Mixologist Antonio Lai and Assistant Bar Manager, Derek Tsui, have shaken up delicious concoctions – each with a quintessentially Hong Kong touch to help us cool down this summer. A refreshing favourite is sure to be the Mango Pomelo ($140), a tribute to the local dessert of “Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo”, the cocktail is made with clarified mango, pineapple and star anise, coconut cream caviar, Bacardi Carta Blanca, and is served with frozen grapefruit pulp. We also love the sound of the Kumquat ($120), which mixes London Dry Gin, oleo saccharum (a blend of citrus fruit rind and sugar), citric acid solution and kumquat lemon, and is served with a kumquat “lolly”. Sweet, dessert-like concoctions include Hong Kong-style French Toast ($130), which is made with peanut butter centrifuged bourbon, simple syrup, cream, whole egg and toast extract, and is served with a chorizo chip for a sweet and savoury combination. The Pandan Yuan Yang ($110) also offers an inventive and sophisticated twist on the classic coffee milk tea with its blend of Ballantine’s Finest whisky, Jägermeister, evaporated milk, coffee, black tea and pandan syrup.
VEA Restaurant & Lounge, 29 & 30/F, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.vea.hk
Known for concocting inventive and unique gin-based cocktails, Wyndham Street bar, ORIGIN is going all out this month with its new creations. Created in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary the cocktails are sure to attract Hello Kitty fans and gin-drinking enthusiasts alike. Available from now until the end of August, guests can opt for either the KTB (“Kitty Bathtub”) ($138), a clever twist on ORIGIN’s signature and all-time bestseller, the KGB (“Kyoho Grape Bathtub”), or go for the not so innocently spiked PawPaw Milkshake ($148). The KTB features flavours of sweet, crisp red apple “caviar”, along with Tanqueray Gin, lychee and lemon, Rémy Martin VSOP and is topped off with a frothy Kyoho grape tea “air”. Presented in limited edition Hello Kitty bathtub, it ticks all the boxes when it comes to Hello Kitty’s signature cute style. We’re sure that the second ‘grammable cocktail on on offer will also appeal to the child in anyone, served in a milk carton inspired by Hello Kitty’s “House of Happiness”, the drink is a blend of house-redistilled sesame gin, mango papaya milk, cream, egg white, rose, and topped with salted cream cheese foam.
ORIGIN, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.originbar.hk
FINI’s already offers a fab weekday happy hour, with unlimited wings, fries and Peroni beer available from 5pm until 7pm (for just $108!), but it’s adding a weekend deal into the mix. Available now, head to its Wan Chai location and enjoy two-hours of unlimited Old Bay-seasoned shrimp, Poretti beer, and classic or strawberry daiquiris for $198 per person. The new offering is available on Saturdays only from 12pm to 4pm.
FINI’s, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/finis.hongkong
Another Wan Chai favourite of ours, Le Petit Saigon, recently added a whole extra hour to its weekday offering. Swing by between 5pm and 8pm Monday through Friday, and enjoy half a banh mi and a bottle of Saigon Special beer for $58. The happy hour used to be until just 7pm, but this extra hour now allows us a little more time to get there after work – or just to stick around for round two. The shop also offers up bottles of Saigon Special beer for just $28 during happy hour.
Le Petit Saigon, 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.lepetitsaigon.com.hk
Looking to toast the end of the work day in style? Head up to CÉ LA VI’s rooftop Skydeck and enjoy two-for-one drinks for its sundowners happy hour. Available daily from 3pm to 8pm, the drinks deal includes rosé, white wine and red wine ($138 a glass), bottle and draft beers ($98), house spirits ($138) and cocktails ($148). Current cocktail offerings include the Hello Stranger, with gin, lime juice, kaffir lime syrup, crème de violette and soda water; Let’s Get Naughty, with vodka, lime juice, sugar syrup, amaretto and cranberry juice; and the Sin on Sky Deck, with rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice and whisky bitters.
CÉ LA VI, 25/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong, hk.celavi.com
If you’re a lover of an espresso martini (guilty!), listen up. SoHo favourite and ever-buzzing Stazione Novella is offering a hard-to-beat late night deal. Order one of the bar’s signature espresso martinis on-tap any night from 9pm, and you’ll not only get the drink for a mere $48, but you’ll also get to enjoy a complimentary Nutella-filled bambalone (Italian doughnut). How’s that for a night cap?
Stazione Novella, 52 – 56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.stazionenovella.com
And if you’re more of a wine connoisseur than a cocktail fan, head to PIIN Wine Restaurant, Hong Kong’s first and only Burgundy-focused wine restaurant, for its new bar hour. Available daily from 5:30pm to 8pm, guests can enjoy a tour of Burgundy via an expertly curated wine flight of three premium wines, along with tasty snacks such as Crispy Black and Golden Tofu for $350. A glass of PIIN’s sommelier-selected wine of the week is also available during happy hour for $80. Unlimited snacks including Deep Fried Taro Thins and Homemade Fish Crisps will be served throughout the new bar hour, with more substantial small plates also available, such as Wagyu Gyoza with Homemade Sauce ($128) and Deep Fried Chicken Wings with Fermented Bean Sauce ($108).
PIIN Wine Restaurant, 2/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.piin-hk.com